You will have to wait longer to use Panic’s peculiar small handheld computer: in an update released today, the company announced that Playdate will leave its original 2020 window and ship in early 2021.
The device is the first physical piece of hardware for software developers. It is a handheld handheld computer with a unique crank and traditional buttons to control the device. Teenage engineering co-designed Playdate, which presents many of the company’s minimalist styles in bright, playful yellow.
Panic announced in March that its employees are moving from home to work, and the Malaysian factory producing Playdate is temporarily closed. The company said that adapting to these issues eventually led to the decision to postpone the release to 2021.
However, there is good news, that is, delays. Playdate’s hardware has been finalized and approved by the FCC, which means it can be put into production next month. In addition, plans for the first season of handheld game consoles have been locked, and more games have been commissioned.
Panic also announced the Windows and Linux versions of Playdate Simulator, which is used to design games and modify equipment. Since the initial release of the handheld computer, Panic claims that each Playdate will double as a devkit, which means that anyone can use the device to develop and test games. Since Playdate does not have a storefront, Panic also intends to let game designers distribute games as they wish.
Playdate is priced at US$149 and can be purchased on the official Playdate website when it is released. Panic said there will be 20,000 Playdate units ready for use, which the company believes should be enough to meet demand, and will order more batches after this. At the same time, Panic recommends that you sign up for its mailing list so that you can know as soon as Playdate is available for purchase. During the waiting period, you can check our early understanding of the equipment since last year and start to imagine all the ways to use the crank.